Carmel, California, antiques dealer Molly Doyle has an unerring eye for the rare and valuable - which is why she's been hired to assess and sell the contents of the home of the late parents of insufferable local heiress Frances O'Brien. The deceased former owners were well-known Hollywood set designers who crammed their domicile with all manner of priceless antiquities and worthless junk. But the last thing Molly expects to find behind the walls of La Casa is a mummified human corpse.
Suddenly Molly's up to her knowledgeable neck in trouble, as her snooping reveals more of the sinister hidden history of La Casa - including larceny, blackmail, kidnapping . . . and murder. And even with the help of her precocious preteen niece Emma, Molly may not be able to save a dear friend from a homicide conviction . . . or herself from a cold-blooded killer with secrets to protect.